One Step at a Time By Tamir Ben Kalifa

In front of her teammates and Israeli peers, Rahel Gebretsadik, a 15-year-old Eritrean immigrant with a petite frame, a shaggy ponytail and an infectious laugh, stood alone on a white wooden box emblazoned with the blue number one. A medal, minted with the menorah from the Arch of Titus, the emblem of the State of Israel, hung around her neck....

CAN LIVE THEATER HELP SPUR CLIMATE ACTION?

This year’s Ojai Playwrights Conference tackled the existential threat of climate change. TOM JACOBSUPDATED:AUG 14, 2019ORIGINAL:AUG 13, 2019 Left to right: actors Robin Gerber and Carl Thelander, with artistic director Robert Egan. (Photo: Peggy Ryan) To get from the Pacific Coast to the idyllic, mountain-surrounded town of Ojai, California, you drive by a series of working oil wells, clearly visible just off...

Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947) The Highest mountains stand as the witnesses of the Great Reality by Rene Wadlow

Nicholas Roerich, the Russian painter, explorer, and cultural activist, whose birth anniversary we note on 9 October, stressed throughout his life the role of beauty and culture in bringing humanity together in unity. “True art is the expression of the radiant spirit.” Art is the manifestation of the coming synthesis of the spiritual and the material. The gates of the...

Last Year’s Nobel Prize in Literature Was Canceled Over Scandal and Conflict. Can 2019’s Award Mark a Comeback?

9 OCTOBER 2019 AT 19:33 from TIME by Suyin Haynes This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature marks a first in the award’s 118-year history. On Thursday, there won’t just be one award announced, but two simultaneously: one for 2018 and the other for 2019. Each winner will receive over $910,000 in prize money and the international acclaim accompanying recognition as a Nobel Laureate....

The Lie of Global Prosperity: How Neoliberals Distort Data to Mask Poverty and Exploitation by Seth Donnelly

“We’re making headway on global poverty,” trills billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates. “Decline of Global Extreme Poverty Continues,” reports the World Bank. And “How did the global poverty rate halve in 20 years?” inquires The Economist magazine. Seth Donnelly answers: “It didn’t!” In fact, according to Donnelly’s The Lie of Global Prosperity, virtually nothing about these glad tidings proclaiming plummeting global...

International Humanitarian Law, Constant Challenges, NGO Responses by Rene Wadlow

​ 12 August is the anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.  The 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1977 Protocols Additional are central instruments of International Humanitarian Law.  The Geneva Conventions, are also often called the Red Cross Conventions as the International Committee of the Red Cross is the institution which is to promote and protect the...

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